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Sunday

OZ Top Spot #10 - Cawnpore Lookout, Middleton, Queensland

 
View from Cawnpore Lookout, Queensland
  
Watching people do things you just KNOW they're going to regret is one of life's guilty pleasures. Even more so when there's a cruel laugh to be had at their expense – without their knowing! 

So the staggering 360° view from the top level of western Queensland's Cawnpore Lookout didn't completely distract us from the horrifying sight of a pair of Grey Nomads negotiating the left fork of the incredibly steep, rocky and dusty road to the first level lookout in their old camper!

Cawnpore Lookout - track to first level

Visually daunting, even the less threatening right fork of this track can be an insurmountable hurdle – and the reason many visitors leave their vehicles (and sometimes spouses!) below in the car park.  Even climbing the track can be too much, let alone driving it!!

But, wheels spinning hard to gain traction on the loose rock and rubble, and engine wildly revving to keep the vehicle from sliding back down the hill, the Grey Nomads slowly inched (should I say 'centimetred'?!) higher and higher up the track's dodgy left fork! 
  
Track to top lookout, Cawnpore Lookout
The view over the Lilleyvale Hills from Cawnpore Lookout is unique in Australia – and almost the world, with rock formations like these only found in one other place in South America. So it's well worth the walk up the track to the first level – and even more worth walking the steep, slippery, rough goat-track to the 2nd level where the unbelievably magnificent panorama has an other-worldly quality tempting to even amateur photographers …
Mesa at Cawnpore Lookout
So if for whatever reason you happen to be 45 km west of Middleton on the road between Winton and Boulia - or anywhere nearby - don't be tempted to drive by!  Do yourself a favour and STOP!!

Yet another Cawnpore Lookout view!
 And you might even get to see a red-faced Grey Nomad couple carefully reversing their camper back down the treacherous slope to the carpark!!

And ... just in case you haven't had enough of Cawnpore Lookout - here's another view!!

27 comments:

  1. Oh, my goodness! Scary going in reverse in this place! Looks quite hot ...just like here in Rome!

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  2. Hi Ya Red - Very nice post and scary that Grey Nomad Couple even tried to climb that in a vehicle - YIKES. Another very interesting piece of history n photos to add to my intellectual brain. ha,ha Have a great day kiddo and never get yer knickers in a twist - u r way toooo nice:)

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  3. Is this a case of the journey being more important than the destination. Seems like a tough trip to see a whole lot of nothing. Exactly the the kind of trip I like.

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  4. Hello Red:
    As we do not now own a car, we are just wondering if the Cawnpore Lookout is on a bus route?!!! Just asking....

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  5. Evidently the couple who made it up to the lookout were so happy with their lives that they were game for anything. Yes, but what a view?

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  6. Wow! It looks so beautiful. Allright taking your advice too!


    Cruise Pictures

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  7. Gorgeous!! Love it! Unbelievable that those people took their camper up that slope, yikes!

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  8. Hi,
    I never stop being amazed at what some people do in their vehicles, seems like a very silly thing to try and attempt, they were very lucky they didn't roll.

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  9. No way I'd tackle that track/hill in a camper its way too steep and slippery better off driving a 4wd or riding a trail bike. Maybe those grey nomad's have totally lost the plot and don't know it yet :-).

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  10. Wow what a place! You must have a very good engine there! What is the altitude? And was it hot? Snakes?????

    Ciao
    Alessandra

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  11. Look at that view! It goes on forever! Miles and miles of Australia, all laid out for your viewing pleasure.
    Did the grey nomads make it up the track without mishap?

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  12. haven't heard of cawnpore look out, thanks for sharing! we don't ahve that in the Philippines so I hope I can visit it one day. I love your header, by the way. I'm green with envy!

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  13. It's a long way from the shops!! - I can imagine cars skidding on that gravel! wonderful views from the look-out!

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  14. Great post and thank you for sharing - I do envy your experience of the magnificence Out There.

    As for the GNs, they may have lived rich full lives and been happy for that to be The Last Thing They Ever Did. At the funeral - "they went while doing the thing they loved most" etc.
    X X Annie o'D

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  15. @Ciccia - Believe it or not, it's the middle of winter! But in the outback that just means cold/cool nights, and magnificent days!!
    @SaucyKodz - Ah, the wisdom of age ... in THIS situation, there's no way I'd listen to my elders!!
    @SFlaGuy - We were actually en route from Boulia to Winton, and nearly didn't stop as we were looking for a camping spot for the night!! Look out for a future scenic public toilet post about our campsite ...
    @J&L - Haha! You could always hire a small camper!! But the smart non-drivers would take a tour - any public transport out this way would be an urban escapee!
    @Linda - clearly!! I guess if you were going to go, there'd be worse spots to do it. I never thought of the murder/suicide pact angle!!

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  16. @Sailor - it's BEYOND beautiful! I had a hard time finding appropriate adjectives!!
    @Wendy - Even walking up the slope is problematic, with no firm ground underfoot. I didn't know whether to admire their chutzpah or film the whole episode as a cautionary tale!!
    @Magsx2 - We were watching with a sense of horrified anticipation!
    @Windsmoke - well, a lot of GNs have a sticker or spare tyre cover saying 'Adventure before Dementia'! Sadly all too late for some ...
    @Alessandra - It was winter, a bit too cool for snakes, thank god. And the altitude? Not very high - it's the site of an inland sea!!

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  17. @River - we admired the view for ages before reluctantly departing. And yes, the GNs climbed the track after reversing the camper down - then they joined us on the top lookout! All's well that ends well ...
    @thepinaysolobackpacker - Welcome and thanx!! Red sand dunes - my fave!! But this view is beyond spectacular, hope you get to see it some day as it's much better in reality!!
    @Dianne - Haha! Shops aren't even on the horizon ... but then, with views like that, who needs 'em??!!
    @Ann - HHHMMMmmm... yes! An earlier comment made me think of the murder/suicide pact angle - but it's quite possible they were going out in style!!! Or whatever you call such irresponsible behaviour ...

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  18. Your blog give me so many must see places ... I long to get out into this outback country again. Maybe next year.

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  19. There is so much to see in our state. I must get out there. Did the poor old grey nomads make it on foot?

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  20. If I ever drive by I'll be sure to take your advice and walk up. Just thinking about the drive makes me nervous.

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  21. @Joan Elizabeth - I haven't even scratched the surface!! See you on the road somewhere??
    @diane b - see you out there too then!! And yes, they did! They even made it to the more difficult top level - good on them!!
    @Cathy - who knows? Perhaps someone important from Tourism Qld will read my post and decide to do something about the access road ... we'll see!!

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  22. You find any elephants behind those koppes Red? Could have sworn this was Namibia!

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  23. I would be one of the 'spouses' left behind in the car if Pat ever decided to drive up something like this Red, but I would be more than happy to walk up for that view. Great post once again.

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  24. The view from the top is beautiful and I can see why so many try to make it. I'd attempt to walk it. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  25. Well at least GNs didn't end up in a '127 hours' scenario!
    Like the contrast of ochre earth and azure sky. Nice.

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  26. Tons of gray nomads are way fitter than me! Haha! But I'd attempt to walk to the top as well to see the view. Lovin' your QLD spots, I'm dying to escape Sydney right now :( Still so cold!

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  27. @Jim - Haha! I thought the absence of a public toilet was the only thing lacking in this landscape - but you're right! Elephants would definitely fit right in!!
    @PDP - Making the effort was SO worth it ... luckily Pilchard rarely takes driving risks!
    @Mary - Slow and steady, and most people would make it to the first lookout. It's a stupendous view - and all the better for its uniqueness!
    @Kalpana - Haha! But one wrong turn ... Thanx for your kind words, and thanx for dropping by!
    @Pinay Travel Junkie - That's what you think!!! But be careful what you wish for - QLD is warming up too!!! All the same, I'd rather be there than Sydney ...

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